Dutch Culture in the Golden Age.

The seventeenth century is considered the Dutch Golden Age, a time when the Dutch were at the forefront of social change, economics, the sciences, and art. In Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, eminent historian J.L. Price goes beyond the standard descriptions of the cultural achievements of the Dutch...

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Main Author: Price, J. L.
Format: Book Electronic
Published:London : Reaktion Books, 2012.
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Price (emer., Univ. of Hull, UK) is a renowned scholar of Dutch history. This work is not a descriptive or narrative history, but rather an extended essay reexamining Dutch culture in the golden age. The author assumes a fairly extensive knowledge of Dutch history, but with that background, the book provides a nuance to the developments in art, literature, religion, and intellectual trends of the 17th century. Price emphasizes the balance of Dutch innovation versus resistance to change, and is especially good at his comparisons to the wider European world at the time. The Dutch were ahead in commerce and capitalism, urbanization, religious toleration, and republicanism, but the developments were far from even. Nor were they long-lived, for a variety of reasons. Price's chapter on Dutch influences on European and even world history is particularly insightful, pointing out how the traditional views of early modern Europe ignore some of the most interesting developments that took place in the Netherlands. The book suffers from poor editing, with frequent errors and repetitiveness, but for collections of Dutch history or early modern Europe, this book would be a good addition. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty. J. J. Butt James Madison University

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